Streaking UFC heavyweight contender, Tom Aspinall has claimed that heavyweight division great, former two-time titleholder, Stipe Miocic should consider walking away from the sport off the back of his March knockout loss to Francis Ngannou, as well as what he has already achieved in the sport.
Salford-born finisher, Aspinall featured at UFC Vegas 36 earlier this month, besting short notice replacement, Sergey Spivak in a rather one-sided first round knockout victory. Improving his professional record to 11-2, Aspinall lodged his fourth Octagon win with the victory.
Clinching the #11 rank in the heavyweight division with the first round knockout stoppage, Aspinall spoke with MMA on Point reporter, Peter Carroll recently, where he claimed the aforenoted, Miocic should consider hanging up his gloves, given the fact he had already lifted undisputed UFC heavyweight gold on two separate occasions.
“Yes, definitely,” Aspinall responded when asked if he believed Miocic was the best heavyweight of all-time. “Because he’s better than everyone else. I think he was unlucky in his last fight if I’m honest. I don’t think he was unlucky — unlucky is the wrong word, I think he got caught with a good shot in his last fight and went down.“
“To be honest, I think he should leave it now,” Aspinall replied when questioned if Miocic’s best days are behind him. “If you want my honest opinion, he’s done enough, he doesn’t have nothing to prove to anyone. He’s got a lot of money, he’s just been knocked out, and it’s probably gonna happen to him again if he fights him (Ngannou) again. It would be sad to see that happen to Stipe, I don’t want that to happen to him. I’m a really, really big fan of him.“
Prior to his devastating second round knockout loss to Ngannou back in March at UFC 260 in the pair’s rematch, Miocic had managed to lay out one of the most prestigious and impressive winning résumé’s in the history of heavyweight mixed martial arts.
The Ohio native is a former two-time heavyweight champion, and had lodged victories over the likes of Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos, the aforenoted, Ngannou, and former two-weight gold holder, Daniel Cormier (x2).
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